articles by Ayaz

Sports

Compared to the past, India performed better in London

Overall, India’s performances in London when juxtaposed with the fairly bleak past, suggest big improvement. But on careful scrutiny they also bespeak missed opportunities and — in a few instances — massive mistakes.

Sports

Kuch kar dikhana hai: Sushil Kumar

Sushil had been relegated to the background till the last the day of the Games and lived through India’s roller-coaster ride over the past fortnight building up his motivation.

Sports

Dutt shows we have potential to win more medals

Yogeshwar showed exemplary courage, grit and cleverness to win two bouts in the repechage and then play-off for the bronze— all within the space of an hour.

Sports

Olympics a 'war by proxy'? When medals mean more than sporting success

A spate of medals on Friday put the US firmly ahead of China in the gold (41-37) and overall tally (94-81) at the Olympics. This is significant as it is accompanied by considerations and agendas of the different political and economic systems of the two countries.

Sports

When Bolt turned Stratford into downtown Kingston

Reggae music blared, the sidewalk just outside Stratford station became a dance floor as people let their hair down till the wee hours of the morning following Bolt's stupendous win in the 200m.

Sports

We need more Saina Nehwals and Mary Koms

What is needed is a major shift in mind-set, especially of parents, families, schools and sports teachers so that girls can be freed to play; to actualize and express their sporting ability.

Sports

I want to say sorry to the people of India: Mary Kom

Mary also praised her opponent Nicola for being astute in this key bout, if not technically superior.

Sports

Home support for Nicola will give Mary Kom the edge: coach

Crowds at the boxing arena have been raucous, and as has been evidenced everywhere else too, solidly behind every athlete from Great Britain which has unsettled opponents from other countries.

Sports

Why Phelps says he's done with swimming and will never coach

Michael Phelps, superman in the Olympic pool, says he sees no role for himself in the sport after he quits: not as coach, mentor and certainly not as Comeback Kid. Read to know why.

Sports

Intend to keep momentum for a bigger medal: Mary Kom

Mary added that the passage to the Olympics had been tough and demanding because she has to compete at a higher weight level.

Olympics

Olympics: Bolt's persona next only to Muhammad Ali

"You guys were writing me off,’’ Bolt mocked the media after winning the 100 m in 9.63 secs. "I was not ready to lose. Now I want to win the 200m too because I want to become a legend," he added.

Sports

This is a birthday gift for my boys: Mary Kom

Mary Kom dedicated her emphatic 19-14 victory over her fancied Polish rival to her twins who celebrate their birthday today.

Sports

Bolt and co. threaten the memory of Carl Lewis

Seoul had, apart from Lewis and Johnson, also Linford Christie, Calvin Smith, and Dennis Mitchell. But even this magnificent array would pale in comparison to the current lot.

Sports

It can't only be Saina vs China: Saina

Saina hoped that her bronze medal— and the performances this year— would inspire more youngsters, and especially girls, to take to the sport.

Sports

Boxing has clearly not seen its last controversy

Ayaz Memon is in sending us daily Olympics updates from London. Keep checking here for the latest.

Sports

India to file counter-appeal against Vikas decision

The counter-appeal is likely to be lodged with the competition jury around 1 pm GMT according to Bhupinder Singh, vice president of the Indian Boxing Federation.

Sports

India falls short of commitment, discipline and ambition

Ayaz Memon is in London giving us updates from the Olympics. Keep checking here for more. In his latest post, he talks about how China hone their Olympic champions.

Sports

Saina shows guts in adversity

Ayaz Memon is in London giving us constant updates. Keep checking here for more.

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Olympics: To better Beijing tally, India needs to shine today

Saina Nehwal, P Kashyap, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, and the boxing duo of Vijender Singh and Jai Bhagwan are all in action today.

Sports

London 2012: All things considered, Indian tennis is in a mess

Mahesh-Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna’s defeat will undoubtedly spawn a whole gamut of stories about how they had reaped what they had sown etc.